A Mental Walkabout

Once upon a time, I’d visit a different foreign country every two years. Those were the days. Now, 60 percent of my income goes toward mortgage and utilities, and I don’t see myself ever being able to leave the country again. That breaks my heart, because travel is my reason for being.

Because of this, I’ve become really adept at doing mental walkabouts. If I close my eyes, I can remember exactly what it was like to walk amongst the pigeons in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. I can also explore the ruins of Ephesus, Turkey. I remember the sights, the sounds, the smells of all the amazing places I’ve been. I can transport myself back to the Mercado Hidalgo in Guanajuato, Mexico, and sample, once again, the Hungarian Goulash in Budapest.

The one percent may make it financially impossible for me to explore the world anymore, but they can’t take away my memories. Only dementia or death can do that. I’m terrified of dementia. Death, from my perspective, is simply another way to travel. (Not that I’m in any hurry to hop on that plane.)

Until then, I’ll travel in my mind. I’ll ride bicycles along the canals in Utrecht, Holland, and swim in the crystal blue Adriatic Sea. I’ll snack on fresh bread and local cheese in the Swiss Alps. No matter how dire my financial straits become, as the saying goes, I’ll always have Paris.

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Me, in Venice, with some feathered friends.

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4 thoughts on “A Mental Walkabout

  1. lyn sutton

    Yes. Better late than never…a credo to live by. The 1st episode of 4 huge egos and their sidekick in Tokyo, eating pork genitals and a game show that captured a unique aspect of Japanese culture, had me hysterical and hooked. (Seen it twice now) Too bad they couldn’t handle the climb through the clouds on Mt. Fuji. It’s ethereal.

    For a more serious exploration of a culture through food it’s Anthony Bourdains’ Parts Unknown. His episode in Puerto Rico highlights the struggles they were already facing before the hurricanes hit.

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